Date Fruit For Your Sexual Health; See Other Benefits
What about Dates?
Date palm which is scientifically known as Phoenix dactylifera is a popular flowering plant in the Middle East and North Africa which is cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is not known, it is arguably believed to have evolved from Egypt.
Date palm obtained its name from two Greek words dactylos which means “date or finger” and fero, which means “to bear”- dactylifera “date-bearing”. The fruit’s name is as a result of the fruit elongated shape and it is commonly known as dates.
Dates vary in size, shape, color, texture, and flavor depending on the variety. The fruits are oval/cylindrical, when ripe; its color ranges from bright red to bright yellow depending on the variety. Just like mangoes, dates contain a single seed called stone.
In Nigeria date fruits are commonly known as Debino. However, it is paramount to know that date palm cultivation is poorly known in southern Africa because the plant does better in arid regions whose weather/climate conditions are very favorable to the plant and ever-present in the Middle East and North Africa.
Egypt is the highest distributor and producer of date fruits globally. Other producers are from Asia countries such as Iraq. Dates can be eaten raw, dried, or in combination with other food/dairy products such as milk and yogurt etc.
The fruit is believed to be a balanced diet as it contains the most vital nutrients and can be used to prevent malnutrition in children. Most specialists suggest eating dates daily is one way to keep the body healthy especially in times of injury.
Dates are very nutritious and vital for so many bodily functions such as the heart, brain, muscle, etc. and also for the prevention of other body abnormalities. Dates are eaten for breakfast as it helps to prevent eating too much after fasting periods.
Dates are also believed to fight off various disease conditions affecting the Ear, Nose, and Throat. The leaves of date palms are made into powder and rubbed around these organs to fight off various conditions.
Ingesting the fruit also has a similar effect especially when soaked over-night.
Traditionally, dates are used to reduce alcoholic intoxication. It acts swiftly and very effective against ingesting the harmful amount of alcoholic drink. However, it should be noted that the best results are obtained from debino when soaked in water over night.
Nutritional Benefits of Dates/Debino
Dates contain a very high amount of protein, carbs, dietary fiber, vitamins A, B, C, and K, minerals such as; potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, zinc, unsaturated fats, and anti-oxidants.
Health Benefits of Dates/Debino
Increase sexual stamina and libido
Dates are believed to increase sexual stamina and libido in both men and women. Dates are soaked in milk overnight and then blended with honey and tiger nuts.
The solution is filtered and then served to boost sexuality. The preparation of this drink varies from place to place; however, the drink is best served chilled after refrigeration.
It also helps to increase sperm motility, testis size, and breast size and generally improve sexual health for maximum performance.
It helps improve and regulate body weight
Dates can be used to either gain weight or reduce weight; ordinarily, dates contain a high amount of calories and sugar particularly fructose which can trigger weight gain naturally.
However, dates can also be used to regulate/control weight gain when eaten with cucumber paste. Dates contain the daily energy requirement of the body thus eating date fruits provide adequate energy and fiber which keep one full and prevent one from eating too much thus preventing weight gain and obesity.
Dates are good energy boosters. Dates fruits contain a high amount of sugars; glucose, fructose, and sucrose especially the dried ones.
The fruits can be eaten to boost energy after rigorous exercise at the gym and even after sporting activities. It can also help after passing through strenuous activities in which energy is expended.
Help ease and prevent constipation
Dates can make the differences in people having challenges with constipation. Date fruits should be soaked overnight in clean water and then consume in the morning to give a laxative effect.
The high dietary fiber helps in promoting healthy bowel movement and for easy passage of food through the digestive tract to ease constipation.
For treating diarrhea
Date fruits are also very essential in preventing and treating diarrhea. The presence of potassium helps to prevent and ease diarrhea.
Potassium alongside dietary fiber is vital for maintaining balance in the extra and intracellular fluid which aid in the proper and normal functioning of the body organs.
This creates an environment suitable for the growth of microfloral which is healthy for the gastro-intestinal tract thus warding off pathogenic bacteria from the system
Date for healthy teeth and bones
Date fruits contain a considerable amount of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium which helps to promote the healthy development of strong teeth and bones.
This makes dates very essential for both the young and the elderly for maintaining healthy bones and teeth and also prevent disease outbreak such as osteoporosis etc.
Good source of antioxidants
Dates contain anti-aging properties inform of antioxidants that fight off radicals in the body thus preventing the aging of the skin.
The presence of vitamin C and zinc also contributes immensely to the health of the skin and hair thus facilitating the anti-aging properties of dates
Help prevent cancer
Dates also help to prevent cancer because it contains a considerable amount of sulfur and antioxidants which fight against radicals that promote cancer in the body.
Sulfur is injurious to health in an adequate amount; however, the considerable amount of sulfur in dates is beneficial.
Date treat and prevent anemia
Dates are rich in iron which is very vital for the formation and development of red blood cells (RBC) making it useful in treating and preventing anemia and blood loss.
Dates are encouraged to be eaten by pregnant women to support the health of both the mother and baby. Other than preventing anemia, it also contributes to muscle development.
Date Fruit For Your Sexual Health; See Other Benefits